Notebook: Hollowell remains out with ‘personal and private matter’

  • 12/21/2012 11:03 pm in

122112aFreshman forward Jeremy Hollowell missed his second consecutive game Friday night due to what Indiana coach Tom Crean said was a “personal and private matter.” Unlike Wednesday night, Hollowell wasn’t even in uniform for Friday’s game against Florida Atlantic. He sat on the bench in sweats.

Following No. 6 Indiana’s 88-52 victory over the Owls, Crean opened his postgame press conference with a prepared statement about Hollowell.

“Jeremy is dealing with a personal and private matter that is in no way related to academic, behavior or disciplinary issues,” Crean said. “He has our full support as we look for a quick resolution, and out of respect for he and his family, we will not discuss it any further.”

Hollowell is averaging 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game this season. He last played in the Hoosiers’ 88-86 overtime loss to Butler on Dec. 15.

Perea getting more comfortable, Jurkin plays

While fellow freshman Hollowell sits out, Hanner Mosquera-Perea continues to get more and more comfortable on the floor for the Hoosiers.

Perea was suspended for the first nine games of the season, and he is clearly still a work in progress. But in his third appearance of the season against Florida Atlantic, Perea showed several positive signs.

The 6-foot-8 forward had four points, 10 rebounds, an assist and two blocked shots in 14 minutes.

“That was the quickest 10 rebounds I’ve ever seen,” sophomore Cody Zeller said. “That’s what he does. He’s good at that.”

Perea did have three turnovers, caused mostly by his inability to grab or hold onto the ball on a couple of occasions. On one play, Perea was wide open under the basket and the Assembly Hall crowd began to anticipate an electric dunk. But Perea failed to look the ball into his hands and dropped it.

“I already knew what kind of dunk I was going to do,” Perea admitted after the game.

Added Crean: “I thought he played well. We reminded him that you actually have to catch it before you dunk it because I think he had a couple SportsCenter plays in mind before he caught the ball. But he’ll be fine. He’s still feeling his way through things.”

Perea did throw down one emphatic dunk in the first half — his first of the season — in a pick-and-roll with Christian Watford. His other basket came in a tip-in shortly thereafter.

“I thought he did a great job,” junior Victor Oladipo said. “He went out there and played defense and rebounded at a high level. That’s what we’re going to need him to do in order to win. He has to use his lanky arms for something. When he catches the ball, we expect a highlight-reel dunk. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of those down the road.”

Freshman center Peter Jurkin, who also sat out the first nine games with a suspension, saw his first game action of the season on Friday night. He, too, looked somewhat raw in his four minutes on the floor. Jurkin missed his only field-goal attempt and did not record a rebound.

“I was happy for him,” Perea said. “I’ve known him since I came here to the United States. Just seeing him out there playing today was a great thing because we’ve been out together, we’ve been pushing each other, we’ve been helping each other through all these problems.”


· Zeller gets aggressive: Indiana fans have long clamored for the sophomore center to show more aggressiveness, and he did so on Friday night. Zeller finished with a season-high 24 points — two short of his career-high — and six rebounds in 22 minutes. Zeller was 6-of-9 from the field and 12-of-13 from the foul line.

“I need to be more aggressive overall,” Zeller said afterward.

· Elston still trying to find rhythm: Senior forward Derek Elston, who missed the first 10 games of the season after having knee surgery, was 0-of-5 from the field and didn’t score in 10 minutes against Florida Atlantic, his second game back. Elston also missed his two attempts from beyond the arc.

“He had really good looks,” Crean said. “He just doesn’t have the legs where they need to be yet, he doesn’t have the rhythm of his shooting. He got a little frustrated because he missed some open shots, but he’s a couple of jump shots away from having his confidence back where it needs to be.”

· Jarvis praises Indiana, Assembly Hall: Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis had nothing but good things to say about Indiana following the game. He was especially fond of Assembly Hall and the atmosphere inside it.

“I told my guys before the game to look around. ‘Look at this crowd. Look at these people. This is what an NCAA game is like.’ It was wonderful. You have to enjoy places like this. I think there are three places in America that are superior to any other three. This is one of them, Cameron Indoor Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse. Kentucky is good, but Rupp Arena does not compare with this.”

Jarvis’ Owls have also played at North Carolina this season, but he said the atmosphere was much better in Bloomington on Friday night.

“No comparison,” he said. “This place is electric. I love North Carolina fans, but these people are in it. They don’t have to wait until their team is down. This is Indiana, baby. This is Hoosier Country. Anybody who hasn’t seen ‘Hoosiers’ should probably go home and watch it. I may go home and watch it myself. It’s just a great basketball feel and vibe.”

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  • Alex

    The Btownbanners twitter account reported that the NCAA is investigating him for eligibility issues.

  • Oldfan

    Does that mean IU could forfeit 9 games?

  • Kenneth234

    I’m not going to worry about the Hallowell situation for now. I hope Zeller was taking notes when he was watching Perea grab those 10 boards in 14 minutes! We need him to be aggressive there as well as scoring. As far as his scoring went, I really would like to see him get more points on either post moves or with a jump shot than driving the ball from deep. Those types of opportunities will be much more difficult to come by in league play. So lets see the aggressiveness with a defender at his back in the post or hitting an uncontested shot as a defender overcompensates for his driving ability at his size.

  • cdog

    I thought we took care of the compliance problems after the KS mess. The NCAA is obviously not liking the fact that IU is relevant again and has set up camp in Btown This team has hit the being ranked #1 unlucky sweepstakes. First Austin is lost for the season, then Creek goes down, and now maybe Hollowell could be ineligible. This explains why Howard is getting time over PJ. With Elston and Hanner back, his minutes would have gone down some anyway. Family matters don’t get you in street clothes. Usually you just take a few days off and get things in order. Anyone think that maybe Hollowell is considering a mid-season transfer?

  • MillaRed

    In no way does this look or sound good.

  • Abellham Lincoln

    Indirect association with an agent?

  • Scott Berryman

    Here we go. If not sick, academically ineligible, in the doghouse or dealing with disciplinary issues, what could this be?

    Hopefully it is a personal matter not related to the NCAA.

    And the hits keep coming…….
    -Hanner -9 games
    -Peter -9 games
    -Elston – 10 games
    -Austin – out for season
    -mo – out indefinitely
    -Hollowell – out with personal matter

    I like this team be ranked 6th and taking a media backseat right now. It has been hard for this team to define roles and truly gel. Would be great to see this team be about 23-4 when they hit their stride.

  • Dick_Pepperfield

    No way I am buying into the looming NCAA action, that would cause Crean to a complete benching not to decline in his
    minutes from 3 to 0 to eventually not dressing. Come on people. This is
    about attitude. Period. Do you think its a coincidence that this started
    the game Hanner and Pete came back and then Elston a game later? No way.
    Anybody that has ever coached a young person can see it in his eyes, he
    is in constant “coast” mode. Then you compare that with a guy like
    Hanner who comes in and is immediately INTO the game. No way, the “personal” matter is that he is trying to figure out if he wants to stay at IU or not.

  • I’m thinking along these same lines. The fact that he was not wearing team apparel speaks volumes to me. This is just a guess, but judging by Creams past with players and attitudes (see meetings with players just following his hiring.), I would say CTC has told him to go home and decide over the break if he really wants to be a part of the team. (Hence the not wearing team apparel.) CTC is a nice guy, but if you aren’t with him, you’re against him and hes not going to tolerate an attitude detrimental to championship team moral.

  • IUJeff

    Been thinking that since the beginning of the season. Just doesn’t look happy. I hope he comes on board and stays, but entitled enabled players just don’t belong at IU.

  • SCHoosier

    Agree..but if its a private matter involving his family u’d think he’d be with them and not the team especially if the “problem” keeps him from playing. Good luck to JH..hope he can get things resolved and move on with his life..whatever that takes.

  • Eastwood88_2

    My prediction is a transfer before next friday. Considered all top talent in the state are getting significant minutes from the class of 2012 and he is not close to get them. The 13 class just causes him more problems. If he stays, the understanding has to be there that on this team you have to work for your minutes. Surprised crean would let him be on the bench. As for ncaa issues, no way. Hp and pj always were in team gear.

  • Wouldn’t an NCAA investigation causing him to sit be an academic and/or discipline issue?

  • Scott Berryman

    It started against Georgetown, he looked unenthused after a tough win. If I recall he had 4 TO in about 8 min. I wouldn’t have played him either.

    Just hope CTC isn’t spinning this into a lie. I could see a transfer at semester and maybe CTC says you don’t dress until you committ, you are either in or out.

    The NCAA doesn’t seem likely. He was cleared academically and truthfully not good enough to doable with agents. CTC isn’t going to bench him unless a ruling by NCAA has been issued.

  • Mister predictor. Can I get the Powerball numbers for tonight drawing.

  • marcusgresham

    Jurkin has a long way to go, but I see promise. Unlike Tijan and Bawa, he shows an understanding of where to be and the ability to anticipate (more on the defensive end than on offense, but that’s what he should focus on anyway,) and even though it didn’t go in he had pretty good form on that 10-footer he took.

  • Eastwood88_2

    Mayans told me

  • Goals and Roles. Buy in or Buy out. Fan is starting to blow one way. Don’t worry the scholarship is already used. Gotta make some wiggle room somehow.

    We stuck by Creek with all the injuries. We should help the family when a member is not performing well. UNLESS they have the buy out attitude.

    i like CTC just can’t catch a grasp of the fella.

  • We was wearing team apparel, it was Adidas and said Indiana University on the back. One of the coaches asked him where his suit was, like the other guys, and he said he didn’t have one.

    Pretty sure it is the NCAA. JH is not pouting when he is out there. I even caught some smiles. He was into the game and cheering on teammates.

  • Jeremy never looks enthused. He is as laid back a player as I have ever seen. Very rarely smiles. It’s all business. He has been knocked for this forever. It’s just his demeanor.

  • Jeremy never looks happy. It’s just his demeanor.

  • g_bo

    Lets not assume something none of us know. For now we only have what Tommy C has told us, which is that this is personal matter and not related to academics or disciplinary action. To me that’s good news not bad. Everything else is purely based on assumptions and rumors.

    If bad news comes out lets talk about it then rather than speculate the commitment of one of our own. He’s obviously working hard or else he wouldn’t have been getting time in the earlier games. We need to support our players during times like these rather than speculate on their desire and commitment to Indiana Basketball.

  • Andrew

    How do you know that the coaches asked him that? Were you sitting behind the bench?

  • mpwdoyle

    Pretty impressed with a lot of you here who can tell Hollowell’s demeanor by looking at his eyes. If I give you my palm can you read my future while you’re at it?

  • fults400

    Actually Justin posted that on twitter or in the forum that the Jeney Jackson had asked him that. And judging by the pictures that Jamie takes Id say its very likely he was close to the bench.

  • These comments regarding Jeremy not being into the game crack me up! The kid is a freshman. Living away from home for the first time in his life, and as far as I’m concerned he has been impressive in the appearances considering this time last year he was playing against competition that for the most part couldn’t stop him if they wanted too. If this was related to his wanting to transfer due to playing time no way Crean lets him sit on the bench with the team in IU gear. You people need to take chill pill and wait until some facts are released before you go off speculating or ripping on the young man. He’s going to get tons of playing time in the next few years, and I’m sure he knows that! What has made IU good this year is they play as a team, and Jeremy has done nothing to show me that he isn’t a team player! Give it a rest would ya!

  • ScooterMcPooter

    None of you know whats going on, let the facts come out before you start bashing a kid YOU HAVE NEVER COACHED…sorry I know any Hoosier fan with a buzzcut who has ever coached a Y team thinks he could coach The Hoosiers better, but to me this kid just as ice in his veins, and anyone who has actually PLAYED basketball can see this.

    unless you coached the kid stop reading into what you see on tv

  • Andrew

    Fair enough. It seemed like a very precise explanation to all the chitchat on what JH was wearing. I was hoping that was the case because, I mean, are we really looking at what he was wearing on the bench as an indication as to what is going on here? Obviously if he isn’t in uniform he isn’t playing but outside of that, what does it really matter?

    Would IU face sanctions if the kid was wearing IU gear? i can’t believe that would be true. And if the team/university wanted to separate themselves from JH to avoid penalties, I’m pretty sure they would take more measures than making sure he wasn’t wearing IU attire.

    Bottom line, seems like lots of speculation everywhere.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Jeremy pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    my 3rd cousin’s 4th best friend’s sister-in-law’s stepmother knows that girl. don’t trust a word she says!

  • DannerPerea

    Dismayed? Or dispelled? They are different words with different meanings.

  • superhoops

    Crean being misleading is his M.O. He never tells anyone what’s going on until forced too. It’s just like the PJ & HMP case earlier. Nothing was said until pressed on it and at first he was very vague about it. That’s Tom Crean’s way. But all’s well because he’s winning. Never mind all the violations he is associated with since he’s been here. Maybe they were secondary in nature, but violations none the less and cases of him stretching the rules until caught. 9 game suspensions for 2 players, but fans blame the NCAA. It’s never Crean’s fault to many fans. He knew Adam’s association with IU when he hired him. NCAA on a witch hunt because we’re relevant again. Good one. Maybe we are in a fish bowl since KS made a mess and NCAA wants to see if we’ve learned anything or have changed in any way. Now that they’ve figured out our answer is no, we still have violations, they do what they do; enforce their policies. Many have bought into Crean’s BS and now many are figuring out that he is not the guy many wanted him to be. Guaranteed, the same fans supporting these tactics would be all over any other coach in America doing the same thing and acting all high and mighty; especially if it was happening at KY, Duke or PU. Let’s not forget he still has to kick off a couple players before next year’s class comes in. Maybe JH will help him with that, or maybe not. Crean speaks one way, but his actions go another way. It’s amazing that since BK’s firing many fans haven’t figured out these coaches are mere mortals and have flaws.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    well, we’ve heard everything, from ineligibility issues to disinterest to grades to inevitable transfer, to mishaps at Baskin-Robbins. anything else?

    i just wish the kid well. imho, i think he’s proud to be a hoosier and will be a valuable contributor on both sides of the floor when tournament time comes around.

    i get the frustration. i’m frustrated too. when your recruiting class is ranked in the top 10 and gives itself a nickname, it’s difficult to not have unreal expectations. let’s just stick it out with these kids. in the long run i don’t think we’ll be disappointed.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    didn’t they self-report the issue with hp and pj? that seems to be the opposite of being forced.

    i’m not trying to be ctc’s lawyer, and by the way i’m frustrated by all the bad press too, but let’s keep in mind the nature of these secondary violations. he talked to gh a day too early. overzealous? yes. knowingly breaking a rule? i doubt it.

    what are the other ones?

  • Kelin Blab

    I will relieve many from 4 years of frustration with JH. His facial expression NEVER changes….I have seen him dunk on a kid, NEVER CHANGED, no chest bumps, up thirty, down thirty, make a last second shot….His Expression NEVER changes.

    So relax that….

  • WhatsUpKnight

    and really, his play speaks for itself. the kid has played hard, especially on defense. once the other side of his game comes around (and it will) we’re going to see him on the floor a lot more.

  • Kelin Blab

    Cause Crean owes NONE of us an explanation

  • Scott Berryman

    Then don’t answer any questions about it and do not put out a statement that could appear as untruthful now or when the truth comes out.

  • JerryCT

    I really hope Hollowell can get whatever this is behind him. IMHO he now much better than Perea or Jurkin and has been asked to play out of position in many of his minutes ………….. ie defending the other team’s big. He works hard on defense, and handles the ball very well . A fearless shooter for a freshman and a natural scorer. Lets hope this is temporary

  • JohnFromBeyond

    Are you saying Crean was behind those bumper stickers purchased in the 80’s? You are really stretching to say Crean has many violations since he has been here. And being vague to protect the privacy of his players is very different from being misleading. Your post, on the other hand, is a good example of being misleading.

    Boilermaker fans really have nothing to do these days except troll on IU message boards…

  • IUJeff

    Talk about BS. This post takes the cake. Go troll somewhere else. You are obviously biased against IU and believe all negativity spewed by the haters and those misinformed.

  • Paul

    You really ought to cite some kind of a source for this, nobody believes it.

  • Daburns0

    Completely agree. Some were saying that he didn’t seem into the recent games, so I rewatched some of them. He seemed very interactive with the guys playing and was one of the first guys to stand up. We sat across from the team last night and he was helping yell out defensive switches with the other guys. Give the young man a break and assume the best.

  • Hardwood83

    Yes it would- all blind speculation.

  • HoosierGrad07

    The eligibility issue truly happened due to our FORMER compliance employee that was let go deciding unilaterally what he needed to share with the NCAA. The NCAA had nothing on IU or A-HOPE accept bumper stickers and sent a message. So IU has received the message regarding that Org. and we move on, plain and simple. Also, the report says Hollowell may have had inadvertent contact with an agent. If that truly is what this turns out to be, I can all but guarantee that’s not a Crean issue. There are only about 10,000+ ways a kid could have “inadvertent” contact with someone the NCAA doesnt like. This happened outside the scope of IU basketball and it’s coaches and facilities, which is why they are calling it a “family/personal matter”.

    Also, Crean not wanting to tell the media his business is no big deal, that only happens about a million times a day. Why do the NCAA’s job for them? If they are investigating A-HOPE/IU connections or Hollowell/agent connections, he let’s them do it without bringing added attention or scrutiny to the process. If the NCAA wants the public to know they just have to make a simple statement. Good for Crean not getting into it because the NCAA is as inept an organization as we have in this country.

  • HoosierGrad07

    If Hollowell came into inadvertent contact with an agent it most likely happened outside the scope of IU and it’s facilities. There are thousands of possible situations wherein a family member introduces him to someone they didn’t truly know well enough. And that would make this a “personal/family matter” if that were the case.

    Nothing about the statement seemed untruthful because if Hollowell did violate a rule but it wasn’t while at IU facilities, etc then it’s not an IU issue. It affects IU’s team but it has nothing to do with Crean or IU’s ability to follow the NCAA’s rules. Kids sometimes make mistakes, I know you’re shocked.

  • HoosierGrad07

    Not speculating on what the issue really is but you’re wrong on the last point. Crean would absolutely bench him as soon as the NCAA alerted IU of any kind of investigation. Otherwise you risk him being ruled ineligible and us losing games to the likes of Mount St. Mary’s and Florida Atlantic. He sat Perea and Jurkin before the ruling was made this would be no different.

  • HoosierGrad07

    yeah quite a few people believe it actually. It’s a very reasonable issue in fact, that’s the world we live in now.

  • If our last two opponents were more interesting and gave us more of game we wouldn’t spending 55 posts gossiping about Hollowell.

  • HoosierGrad07

    I can’t catch a grasp of those first three sentences…